This year Divabetic is actively encouraging you to enjoy the holidays like Valentine’s Day! We don’t think celebrating holidays, special occasions and other meaningful moments in life has to mean compromising your diabetes health either. Put the focus on family and friends, fashion and activities and not on food. Enjoy what you do eat. Savor each bite! Most important, remember to include time for exercise, meals and relaxation. The holidays will only be great if you’re in good health to enjoy them.
We’re asking our team of experts to share their best diabetes advice, recipes and fashion and beauty products so that you can ‘glam more, fear less’ with each celebration.
Shortly after attending culinary school to become a pastry chef, Stacey Harris was diagnosed with diabetes. She was devastated since she enjoyed baking and loved to eat sweets.
What’s a ‘divabetic’ with a sweet tooth supposed to do?
Stacey started to experiment with a lot of artificial sweeteners and was mainly disappointed with the results. After many experiments, Stacey Harris developed a formula that consistently turned out delicious confections even a non-diabetic would love. She’s now known as the ‘Diabetic Pastry Chef’ and has written cookbooks filled with delicious recipes for you to enjoy! Here’s one:
Ingredients: 1 cup milk, 3/4 cup alternative sweetener such as Whey Low D, Truvia or Splenda, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1 lb frozen raspberries
Directions: Add all ingredients in order listed to blender container. Stacey uses a Vitamix blender. With Vitamix begin at variable speed 1 , increase to 10, then high. Press ingredients into the blender with tamper. In 30 to 60 seconds the sound of the machine will change and 4 mounds should appear. Stop the blender immediately and serve. The ice cream can of course be frozen. Other berries can be substituted for raspberries.
This recipe can be made with other sturdy blenders following the manufacturers instructions.
Do you love fashion?
‘Rich in Love’ Vintage Style blogger, Doris Hobbs shares her favorite dresses from the he 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards’ Red Carpet on February’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 6-7 PM, EST. Many of our favorite stars arrived looking utterly glamorous to honor their peers for their achievements in film and television
Doris says the first thing she remembered after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes was that she had two options: she could allow it to control her life or find the unbinding courage from within the tragedy; she chose courage.
“The next few days were consumed with perplexed emotions, mostly of denial pooled from the self-belief that I could be a rare case and mysteriously cured,” says Doris. “I was given a new role and lifestyle of living with type 1 diabetes. I immediately chose to not wear it as a sympathy garment; instead I’d rather refashion how others perceive such a life-altering disorder. Aside from a select group of family and friends that knew of my health struggles, I somehow managed, two days after the news was confirmed, to conduct an on-location photo-shoot for my vintage-inspired style blog, Rich in Love Fashion. I knew without a doubt at that moment that I had a purpose on earth and found myself more determined to not allow diabetes to hinder my little girl dreams.”
The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic and the Diabetes Late Nite team are honored to participate in the Second Diabetes Podcast Week in support of the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign” on February’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 6 PM, EST.
“I’m thrilled to support such a worthwhile cause by participating in Diabetes Podcast Week again this year, ” says Max ‘Mr. Divabetic’ Szadek.”We’ve got a really wonderful show planned featuring guests Chef Ward Alper ‘The Decadent Diabetic’ and Diabetes Advocate and ‘Rich In Love’ fashion blogger, model and diabetes advocate Doris Hobbs along with many of George Michael’s greatest hits.”
The “Spare a Rose, Save a Child” campaign encourages people to buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and donate the value of that flower to children with diabetes. Donations go to Life for a Child, an International Diabetes Federation program which provides life-saving diabetes supplies, medication, and education that children in developing countries need to stay alive.
Don’t miss Diabetes Late Nite inspired by George Michael on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 6-7 PM, EST. Enjoy our first-ever Valentine’s Day Party featuring Chef Ward Alper aka ‘The Decadent Diabetic’, ‘Rich In Love’ fashion blogger Doris Hobbs, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach and Poet Lorraine Brooks.